Afternoon Update: Unrwa hits out at ‘man-made famine’; Moscow terror suspects in court; and Olivia Colman on the gender pay gap

<span>UN officials says Israeli authorities have informed them they will no longer approve any Unrwa food convoys to northern Gaza.</span><span>Photograph: Haitham Imad/EPA</span>
UN officials says Israeli authorities have informed them they will no longer approve any Unrwa food convoys to northern Gaza.Photograph: Haitham Imad/EPA

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The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, says Israel has definitively barred it from making aid deliveries in northern Gaza, where the threat of famine is highest.

“Despite the tragedy unfolding under our watch, the Israeli Authorities informed the UN that they will no longer approve any @Unrwa food convoys to the north,” Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the agency, said on X. “This is outrageous & makes it intentional to obstruct lifesaving assistance during a man-made famine.”

Israel did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Lazzarini’s statement. The Unrwa spokesperson, Juliette Touma, said the decision had been relayed in a meeting with Israeli military officials on Sunday.

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  • Olivia Colman says she would be paid more if she was a man | Olivia Colman has criticised gender pay disparity in the film industry. “I’m very aware that if I was Oliver Colman, I’d be earning a fuck of a lot more than I am,” Colman said. “I know of one pay disparity which is a 12,000% difference. Do the maths.”

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  • This story was amended on 25 March. A previous version incorrectly spelt Olivia Colman’s last name.